Education

Dissecting Eyeballs and T-Rex’s: Virtual Reality in the Classroom
September 14, 2016 at 8:30 am

In the fall of 2015, the Montour School District opened its doors to a new Virtual Immersion Lab. At first, students did not know what to expect (nor the teachers). However, on his first day using the lab, a physics student engage with virtual reality and expressed, “This is like hands-on learning, without wanting to…

Cengage Reports OER May Triple in Use as Primary Courseware Within Five Years
September 12, 2016 at 8:00 am

Open Educational Resources (OER) in higher education have the potential to triple in use as primary courseware over the next five years, from 4 percent to 12 percent, according to a survey of more than 500 faculty by Cengage Learning. In addition, the use of OER for supplemental learning materials may nearly quadruple in size,…

Wiley's Education Business Continues Decline; Bright Spots in Journals and Professional Development
September 7, 2016 at 12:16 pm

Today education, journal, and professional publisher John Wiley & Sons released its Q1 results for the 2017 fiscal year. While the publisher experienced growth in its journal and professional development businesses, its education division saw significant revenue declines, thanks to low-performing textbooks. Wiley’s overall revenue decreased 4% from Q1 2016, declining from $423 million to…

Some Ohio University Professors Ditch the Textbooks, and the Prices
August 30, 2016 at 12:35 pm

When associate history professor Robert Ingram announced to his Western Civilization class that there would be no textbook required, he said he was met with a sigh of relief. Instead, Ingram said he would scan documents for his students to read, rather than have them pay out of pocket for expensive college textbooks. The average undergraduate student at a…

RedShelf Raises $4M to Shake Up College Textbook Market
August 24, 2016 at 9:59 am

Walk through a bookstore and you can see $5.99 paperbacks along one wall and omg-how-much? college textbooks along the other. E-textbook company RedShelf today announced it raised a $4 million Series B from Coniston Capital, with participation from existing investors, including the National Association of College Stores. The company tells me it will use the funding to drive…

HMH Rolls Out CliffsNotes Subscription Service for High School & College Students
August 23, 2016 at 1:12 pm

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt continues to expand its digital products portfolio, which provides interactive, educational content directly to consumers. Book Business interviewed head of HMH consumer brands and strategy CJ Kettler in April to discuss the launch of the Curious World platform. The subscription service provides educational ebooks, videos, and games to children ages three to…

The Future of Educational Technology: How Edtech Is Still Ignoring its Biggest Market
August 23, 2016 at 10:58 am

Educational technology is booming. Technology is helping to redefine how we learn, obtain skills, and get credentialed. That value proposition has captured public attention and attracted record amounts of venture capital funding. But the vision for edtech is, and should be, much broader. After all, the education market serves not only to instruct but also…

Curation Nation: Thoughts on the Future of Textbooks
August 15, 2016 at 11:27 am

Of late, much of my time (and that of others) has been spent thinking through the evolution of ebooks. Yesterday, a colleague I work with, Peter Krautzberger — who heads up the MathJax initiative — pointed me to an informative, if poorly written, post by Robin Good. It was entitled Textbooks Show Aging Signs: Curated…

Press Release: Barnes & Noble Education Extends Relationship with OpenStax
August 11, 2016 at 10:26 am

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. & HOUSTON — August 9, 2016 — Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE:BNED), one of the largest contract operators of bookstores on college and university campuses across the United States and a leading provider of digital education services, today announced it will extend its current relationship with OpenStax, a Rice University-based nonprofit…